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Wednesday October 29, 2003No. 3 Gator Volleyball defeats Georgia, 3-0

Gainesville, FL

Behind double-digit kills from three Gator players, the No. 3 Florida volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 (30-20, 30-20, 30-20) win Wednesday against Georgia at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. The win was also Florida's 100th straight Southeastern Conference win at home.

Senior Aury Cruz tied for the match-high with 13 kills and added nine digs. Sophomore Jane Collymore and junior Sherri Williams joined Cruz with double-digit kill totals as they registered 11 and 10, respectively. Williams also had a block and four block assists, while Collymore added 11 digs in the win.

Florida (23-1, 11-0 SEC) extended its winning streak to 23 matches and has swept an opponent in 22 consecutive matches. The 3-0 win against Georgia (14-9, 7-4 SEC) marked the 67th consecutive game Florida has won.

With the score tied at 10 in the first game, Florida went on a 4-1 run that was led by Williams' three kills to take a 14-11 lead. Collymore led another 4-1 run for the Gators by scoring on two kills to increase the Gators' lead to 23-16. Florida finished the first game scoring seven of the last eight points.

The Gators trailed the Bulldogs 12-11 in the second game before pulling away. A kill by Collymore put Florida up 15-13, and a 6-0 run with sophomore Rachel Engel holding serve gave the Gators a 21-15 advantage. Georgia crawled back to within four, 22-18, before junior Lauren Moscovic notched two consecutive kills to help Florida close the match on an 8-1 run.

Trailing by as many as three points early in the third game, the Gators stayed close to Georgia before taking a 12-11 lead on a Bulldogs wide attack. A 6-2 run, led by Cruz's two kills, put Florida up 18-13 and in position for the sweep. Cruz and Collymore combined to score five of the Gators' final seven points with the match ending on Collymore's block.

Florida's NCAA-record conference winning streak stands at 125 matches after defeating Georgia.

The Bulldogs were led by Julia Petruschke's 13 kills and Luresa Forsythe's 10.

Florida returns to action Friday to face Tennessee at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn. The match begins at 6:30 p.m.

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